Follow the rules or be ready to face the consequences - Center to Twitter
The final notice has been sent to Twitter by the Central Government on June 5. The government has said in a strict tone that Twitter should either follow the rules or be ready to face the consequences
The dispute between Twitter and the central government regarding the new IT rules is not slowing down. The final notice was issued by the Central Government to Twitter on Saturday. In this notice, Twitter has been warned in a strict tone that it should either follow the rules or be ready to face the consequences according to Indian laws.
In the new IT rules made on February 25, the government had made it clear that any social media platform that has more than 50 lakh users will have to appoint a grievance officer in India. Three months was given for this to all the platforms and that limit was over on May 25. Last week, Twitter told the Delhi High Court that it has appointed a Grievance Officer on 28 May. However, the government is not satisfied with it.
The notice was sent to Twitter for the first time on May 26 regarding the new rules from the IT Ministry. After that, notices were also issued on May 28 and June 2. Now the last notice has been sent on Saturday, June 5.
In this notice sent by the Ministry of IT, the government said that it is not satisfied with the reply of Twitter as the grievance officer and nodal officer appointed by Twitter in India are not even employees of Twitter. Apart from this, the company has given its address as the office of the law firm, which is not valid according to the rules.
The notice read, "India is the largest democracy. Twitter was adopted here with open arms, but despite working here for 10 years, Twitter has not been able to create such a mechanism to help the people of India to resolve their grievances about Twitter. People who face abuse or sexual misconduct on Twitter's platform must get a mechanism to resolve their complaints. Twitter will have to follow the rules from May 26, 2021 "
It further read, "Twitter is being given one last chance in good faith to comply with the new IT rules. Failure to do so will result in the withdrawal of Twitter from liability under Article 79 of the IT Act. Thereafter be prepared to face consequences under Twitter IT Act and other laws of India."